Penned up with pets

Our dogs are getting fat.  They are probably thinking the same thing about me!  If anyone is benefitting from this global quarantine, it has to be the pet population. By the time we are...

Reminiscing road trips

Our family is always on the move. We knew that before, but the last month has really made me realize how much we are usually away from home. Lots of times, it’s...

Some helpful (and not so helpful) hints for staying connected

What do the following groups of words have in common?  Zoom, Google Meet, Facetime group video.  The answer is that until 3 weeks ago I didn’t know how to use any of these virtual...

MCRHC Adjusts to COVID-19 Outbreak

First cases of the virus reported in Mitchell County by Jon Koster With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now in Mitchell County, there's no denying the virus is on our doorstep. Projections from MercyOne estimate...

The dos and don’ts of self-isolation

Here’s a poem that I’ve heard my dad repeat many times, and it was apparently a favorite of my grandfather’s.  "Twas an evening in November,  As I very well remember, I was strolling down the...

Crying by yourself on the crapper

I normally spend a lot of time in the bathroom at home. Most guys probably know what I’m talking about. You would think that everyone would leave you alone in there.  But people,...

Igniting the panic: Is the media to blame?

As the coronavirus first started to spread in the United States, platforms like Facebook and Twitter were littered with complaints that the epidemic was being blown out of proportion by the media.  And...

Snowmobiling

We got a snowmobile for Christmas. It’s actually for the kids, but I’ve put a few hours on it too. It’s about the smallest model you can find these days (other than the...

The gray area of the modern-day draft

And the undefined role of the new-age woman Let me repeat something that you undoubtedly already know. Last week, a United States military drone struck and killed an Iranian security and intelligence commander,...

Getting old sucks

In a few weeks, I’ll be having another birthday. I guess when you get to a certain age, you can’t really say you’re “celebrating” it, or even that excited about it. It’s pretty...